Pumpkins, witches, ghouls, and goblins make for a scary holiday, indeed. Many of the traditional ways of celebrating Halloween will be considerably scarier this year as some of the more traditional activities can be high-risk. However, there are several safe, different ways to participate in Halloween this year at home.
Here are some suggestions for several low-risk Halloween alternatives to try:
Decorate and Carve Pumpkins
One of Halloween’s most common and favorite traditions is carving pumpkins. This can be a fun indoor or outdoor, socially distanced activity for you and the people in your social bubble. Another option would be to host a pumpkin decorating contest virtually via a video chat app.
Spooky Movie Night
Celebrate the season with a Halloween movie and dress as your favorite characters. You can do this as a family at home or consider letting your child watch with their friends virtually, with everyone watching the movie simultaneously.
Have a Scavenger Hunt
Hide candy and other fun knick-knacks around the house. Or you can set up a glow-in-the-dark hunt in the backyard by hiding glow bracelets inside small candy bags.
Host Your Own Halloween Bake-Off
Instead of candy this year, let your kids pick a few fun and Halloween-themed cookie or treat recipes to make.
Go Wild with Halloween Decorations
Decorating your house, apartment, living space, or yard isn’t just for the winter holidays. Your family can help decorate the home with pumpkins, ghosts made of sheets or pillowcases, or witch hats made of paper. Use pipe cleaners to make and string to hang spiders all around the house. You can get creative and make your favorite Halloween creatures out of simple arts and crafts supplies.
Virtual Costume Parties and Parades
Try using video chats for an online party with friends and family and show off costumes and play games. Have fun with it! Outdoor costume parades are another option if it is possible for everyone to stay at least 6 feet apart and wear a mask.
An Important Message This Halloween
This is a perfect moment to teach children the importance of protecting not just themselves but other people in the community as well. The decisions we make on this day can have a ripple effect beyond our own home.
More importantly, Halloween is a chance for you and your family to get creative and maybe even invent some new traditions! It’s also an excellent opportunity to model flexibility and a festive spirit. Finding safe ways to celebrate Halloween can create magical memories. If you’re excited and make the most out of it, your family will have fun, too.
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